Morning Service – God’s Eternal Plan

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I.The Rapture or translation of the church
1Thess. 4:13-18

1 Corinthians 15:40
There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies;
but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.


2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight.
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
A. The Judgment Seat of Christ 1Cor. 3:10-15
(page: 1144)
Time, Talents, and Treasures

“Quality” NOT Quantity!
Revelation 4:10-11
the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever.
They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

B. Marriage Supper of the lamb
Revelation 19:6-9
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!


For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.


Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)


Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

C. Preparation to rule with Christ
Rev. 20: 1-10
(page 1251)
II. Great White Throne Judgement
Rev. 20:11-15
Philippians 2:9-11
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


Two sets of books
1) The Lamb’s book of life
2) “Books” that shows what they had “done” in life
2 Peter 3:13
But in keeping with his promise
we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.


III. New Heaven & New Earth Rev. 21:1-8


RAPTURE = Reward
KINGDOM = Responsibility
NEW HEAVEN & EARTH = Rejoicing
1 Thessalonians 4:17
… And so we will be with the Lord forever.